Middlesbrough 0 Sunderland 1 RECAP: Jeremain Lens, Wes Brown and Billy Jones star in Under-21 win

Sunderland Under-21 boss Andy Welsh named a strong side for the trip to Middlesbrough with Jeremain Lens, Wes Brown and Billy Jones handed starts.

Tuesday, 22nd March 2016, 7:53 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd March 2016, 7:58 am
Jeremain Lens

Welsh named £8million summer signing Lens in the starting line-up, the Dutch winger has been missing from first team action for a month after a hernia operation but recently played 45 minutes in a behind-closed doors friendly win over Livingston.

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Veteran Brown and Jones were also named in the starting line-up against a young Boro side, with Rhys Williams the only first team player.

Boro: Fryer, Johnson, Burn (C), Williams, McGinley, Tinkler, Jones, Maloney, Morelli, Pattison, Cooke.

Subs: Coddington (gk), Kitching, Wheatley, McAloon, Elsdon.

Sunderland: Stryjek, Jones, Brown, Beadling, T. Robson, E. Robson, Lawson, Agnew, Honeyman, Lens, Mandron.

Subs: Talbot, Brady, Hulme, McEvoy, Nelson.

Referee: Alf Greenwood.